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in terrorist attacks that would claim hundreds of american drives in lebanon including a 49-year-old cia officers named bob ames, killed during a brief visit to our embassy in beirut and who at the time was my boss at the cia. during my 25 year career at cia i watched up close and participated in history being made in far off corners of the world and cia fulfilled its critical intelligence role collecting intelligence, uncovering secrets, identifying threats, partnering with foreign intelligence and security services, analyzing complicated developments abroad and carrying out covert action and attempting to forecast events yet to happen, all in an effort to protect our people and to strengthen america's national security. and throughout my career, i had the great fortune to experience firsthand as well as to witness what it means to be a cia officer. such as an analyst who had the daunting task and tremendous responsibility to take incomplete and frequently contradictory information and advise the senior-most of our government about the foreign, political and economic developments or an
americans in c.i.a. believe me, i'm focused on the ied threat and mr.al siri. >> my time's up. >> thank you, senator rich. senator mccull ski. before you start, senator, a vote is due to start at 4:00. it's 5 after 4:00, senator chambliss went to vote. as soon as he returns, i will do. we'll keep this going. >> voting just started. please go ahead. >> mr. brennan, welcome to the committee and in the short time i have, you've mentioned your wife, kathy, could you introduce her to us? >> this is my wonderful, beautiful wife, kathy, who has my spouse 34 years and my partner in my work and my brother, thomas. >> we would like to to welcome you. we know not only would you serve but your entire will serve. i echo the remarks of my colleagues, senator warner, thanking the people of the central intelligence agency for what they do every day working often in a way that is not known, not recognized, and frankly not always appreciated. let me get to my questions. i have been concerned for some time that there is a changing nature of the c.i.a. that instead of it being america's top spy agency, top hum
. >> the man the president wants to run the c.i.a. defends his role in america's use of drones to kill terrorists. this is "special report" >> good evening, i'm chris wallis. he had to deal with the uproar today over two controversial tools in the long war on terror. enhanced interrogation of suspects and the use of drones to kill american targets. john brennan faced a senate panel in his bid for the top job at the c.i.a. chief congressional correspond sent mike emmanuel tells to us did not take long for the fireworks to start. good evening, mike. >> good evening. i should note the hearing just wrapped up, but john brennan has been in a unique position, answering for techniques used in the bush war on terror and obama insider on the use of drones to kill terrorists, a hearing that got off to a bumpy start. >> they won't tell congress what country we are killing children -- >> please. >> john brennan's confirmation hearing was interrupted five times by code pink protesters before the room was cleared. brennan has taken heat from liberals as architect of the obama drone program and its k
in the c.i.a. and then as counterterrorism advisor but he will face questioning about that from enhanced interrogation to drone controversy. chief correspondent says it may get rough. >> facing a backlash over the targeted killing program the white house insisted the nominee to head the c.i.a. is not in trouble. >> the president believes that the senate should and will confirm john brennan expeditious >> reporter: john brennan described as architect of the expanded drone campaign is now in the crosshairs of republicans democrats and mr. obama's traditional support others the left. >> it's a program that used very minimally by president bush. now there are over 3,000 civilians who have been killed in this program. >> on brennan's watch, anwar al-awlaki was the first american successfully targeted for death in september 2011. two weeks later his son was killed in a drone strike. >> i think it's fair to say, far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership and al-qaeda along the lines we are discussing as opposed to an effort to invade a country with hundreds
the president's pick to run the cia about the controversial droning program. >> every american has the right to know when their government believes it's allowed to kill them. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded. >> shepard: tonight, a nominee on the hot seat. first from fox, a fox urgent and a manhunt for a suspected killer on a spree. who knows law enforcement and military tactics inside and out a former cop who one police chief said has a hit list, a manifesto and is hunting for the men and women who were once fellow officers, once who did him wrong. he wants to kill them and their families. the suspect is a former l.a. police officer named christopher dorner. police officers say he is armed and extremely dangerous and that he has shown he has no problem killing innocent people. the search spans several states and the border with mexico and mexico. right now there are crime scenes all over southern california around los angeles and san diego. the los angeles main police station on lockdown. guards at every entrance. unprecedented. the trouble ban
and killing of americans. cia director nominee john brennan, duking it out with senators from both party, staunchly defending the obama administration's use of drones against americans. >> i would like to ask you about the status of the administration's efforts to institutionalize rules and procedures for the conduct of drone strikes, in particular, how you see your role as cia director in that approval process? >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded, will be thoroughly anchored in intelligence, will have the appropriate review process, approval process, before any action is contemplated, including those actions that might involve the use of legal force. >> the fifth amendment is pretty clear. no depreivation of life, liberty or property without due process of law. we are threatening american lives with a drone attack. >> if the executive branch makes a mistake and kills the wrong person or a group of the wrong people, how should the government acknowledge that? >> i believe we need to acknowledge it. i believe we need to acknowledge it to our for
on this afternoon the president's nominee the head of the cia takes center stage. >> reporter: expect john brenner to get plenty of questions about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques during this time at cia. he left there in 2005. at the white house they are emphasizing brennan's experience. >> mr. brennan brings, i think, not on a vast amount of experience, but a significant perspective on the battles that we wage in this effort. and the right way to conduct them. so the president believes the senate should and will confirm john brennan expeditiously. >> reporter: expect him to get questions about how involved he was in interrogation techniques at the cia. rick: senator lindsey graham will be at today's hearing on benghazi. the top carolina republican joins us later right here in america's newsroom. martha: just hours to go before the cia nominee john brennan testifies. mr. brennan helped manage the drone program. he is very supportive of it and has spoken out on it's times. it represents a concession about it white house, do it not? >> reporter: it does. the president acting a week and
at a cia prison. >> the american pastor sentenced to 8 years in iran says the united states is not doing enough to help free him. he mentioned his doubts during a visit to his relatives. it was a second time he was allow to do see them. he has been locked up since august for refuse to go renounce his christian faith. >> one of the credit card fraud rings has been busted. 28 states, 7 countries and involves 7,000 fake id's. it started in 2007 in jersey city, new jersey. the group created fake business documents to get more than 25,000 credit cards all over the course of time the ladies and gentlemened scammers racked up 200,000 dollars in charges. the 6th sandy hook administrator who died protecting those students will be awarded the 2012 presidential sglint's award. they will present the medal to the surviving family members at a white house. they honor citizens for their civic achievements. that's your 5@5:00. >> a secretive drone program. the white house to find a program killing of american citizens suspect of tearrism. this comes as one of the phases of the drone program prepares for
obama's pick to be the next head of the cia john brennan faced tough questioning on capitol hill. former speaker of the house newt gingrich is here with reaction to the testimony and senator lindsey graham how it went down at the heated benghazi hearing earlier today. >> with all due respect, i don't-- >> and that's a credible statement if he called and asked you are we helping these people. [ coughs ] [ angry gibberish ] i took something for my sinus, but i still have this cough. [ male announcer ] a lot of sinus products don't treat cough. they don't? [ male announcer ] nope, but alka seltzer plus severe sinus does it treats your worst sinus symptoms, plus that annoying cough. [ breathes deeply ] ♪ oh, what a relief it is! [ angry gibberish ] officewith an online package new colincluding: domain name,y! website builder with five pages and basic email just $49.99! that's up to 76 percent below online providers and only at officemax stores! [ whispering ] that's crazy, the cookie's the best part. crème. cookie. crème. cookie. [ whispering ] crème. [ whispering ] cookie. [ whispering
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hearings for cia director nominee john brennan and that's "special report" for tonight. i'm chris wallace in washington. keep it right here on fox where more news is always on the way. "special report" online with a twist starts right now. >> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight, more graphic testimony from a woman on trial for killing her boyfriend. she says she shot him, stabbed him, slit his throat. but jody arias says it was actually all his fault. plus, say good bye to mail on saturday. >> delivery schedule too big of a cost savings to ignore. >> shepard: tonight, why letter carriers say this is going to be a disaster. the $10,000 college degree. >> such a great price for such a great education. >> what we're bringing to the table is opportunity and access. >> shepard: what do you really get for your money? plus, monopoly announces which token will never again pass go. and which new one will take its place. but first from fox this wednesday night. a woman who admits stabbing her ex-boyfriend, shooting him, cutting his throat is implying that she was the real victim in the relatio
to institutionlize rules and procedures and conduct for drone strikes, in particular, how you see your role as cia director in that approval process. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded, will be thoroughly anchored in intelligence, will have the appropriate review process, approval process before any action is contemplated including those actions that might involve the use of legal force. the fifth amendment is pretty clear no deprivation of life, liberty or property without a due process of law and we're depriving american citizens with their life when we target them with a drone attack. >> if the executive branch makes a mistake and kills the wrong person or a group of the wrong people, how should the government acknowledge that. >> i believe we need to acknowledge that. i believe we need to acknowledge it to our foreign partners. we need to acknowledge it publicly. >> i've been with this committee for more than ten years and with the exception of mr. panetta, i feel i've been drug around by every cia dra director. knowing your background and your educ
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their blackberries, and enhanced interrogation techniques among the issues the cia director nominee john brennan will face in a confirmation hearing 30 minutes from now. a new showdown for the president's national security team. we're going to have that live for you. >> i think it's fair to say that far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership and al-qaeda along the lines that we're discussing here as opposed to an effort to invade a country with hundreds of thousands of troops and take cities and towns. >> fox news alert. in a moment we'll have the latest on the manhunt for the former police officer unforgiving violence and anyone with an l.a.p.d. badge and he's killed three people and reportedly, but his list of targets is much longer and we're going to hear from the riverside police chief on the status of this massive manhunt and the shooting that led to the death of one of his officers and injured another. stay tuned for that. well, there are new questions about the immediate future for our men and women in uniform today as the pentagon threats pay cuts an
of the cia you think of size gathering intelligence in secret and quiet places. the confirmation hearing for the potential next cia director was very loud at times, 5 times to be precise. that's how nanny interruptions protestors for the group made before diane fine stein had enough and cleared the hearing room during some calmer moments we heard john brennan explain his fiphilosophy which included defense of the obama administration's drone program. >> i never believed in a terrorist event to detain him. we want to detain as much as possible to get information from them to prevent further terrorist attacks. >> the agency started using enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding. yesterday he changed his tune a little bit. >> i have expressed my personal objections and views about certain of those eit's such as waterboarding nudity and others where i professed my personal objections to it but i did not try to stop it because it was something that was being done in a different part of the agency under the authority of others. >> some senators yesterday noted concern about the lac
john brennan become the head of the cia. he testifies tomorrow on capitol hill. some liberals don't like him because he is the director of the drone program that kills terrorists from the sky. president obama very bullish on the drones. >> the strikes are legal. they are ethical and they are wise. the u.s.a. government takes great care in deciding to pursue an al qaeda terrorist to ensure precision and avoid loss of innocent life. >> bill: here now to discuss his moral dilemma over the drone issue, the co-host of the five bob beckel. all right. so, first of all, would you make brennan the head of the cia? >> not with that policy, no. until that policy was changed, i would hold him up. >> bill: he is the architect of the policy. >> that's a good reason. >> bill: you won't vote for him. >> i wouldn't vote for him unless that policy changed. talking about going after american citizens who yes are associated with terrorist groups i understand that no evidence they are doing anything about an imminent threat to the united states. what is that all about? >> bill: the president says he h
, state, cia, and all of the other players. panetta stressed many other american installations around the world face threats. >> you capture just willie nilly blow the hell out of a place without knowing what's taking place. >> panetta's testimony raised new questions about syria after he and dempsey revealed the president overruled almost his entire national security team when they pushed to arm the syrian opposition. >> did you support the recommendation by secretary of state, then secretary of state clinton and then head of cia general petraeus that we provide weapons to the resistance in syria? did you support that? >> we did. >> now, white house spokesman jay carney said he could not get into internal deliberations but added the administration has to be very careful not to send weapons that could wind up in the wrong hands. john? >> ed henry for us tonight at the white house. ed, thanks. more of this later on in the program with the panel as well. you've probably noticed that you're paying a lot more for gasoline today than you did just a month ago. the national average, $3.57 a
the cia good wednesday morning to, to you, i'm jon scott. this is my nonfacebook friend. jenna: we're all friends. this is on a bigger level. i'm jenna lee. we're glad to have you as we look at this big story. john brennan gears up for his confirmation hearings tomorrow and he could face resistance from republicans democrats and some of the president's really usual supporters. it will come on a number of issues. all of this questioning, potential controversy from the program that authorizes targeted drone strikes on u.s. terror suspects overseas to what he knew about the bush administration's so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. plus concerns that he, leaked classified information when he briefed reporters about the bin laden raid and the underwear bomber plot. these are big topics. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is live in washington with more on this let's start on one topic out of all those big ones, catherine this so-called enhanced interrogation program. tell us where brennan stand now and whether he changed his position over the years. >> reporter: good
could do the job. jenna: we'll see if john brennan gets approved. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. the cia nominee will have to appear before the senate intelligence committee in a few hours. as lawmakers on the panel are received classified information about how the obama administration is justifying drone strikes own american terrorists overseas. brennan helped manage the drone program. he is likely going to be challenged on it today. lawmakers also expected to ask him about waterboarding and for what he knew about some high-profile national security leaks. a lot of big topics. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live from capitol hill with more. within those hallways, mike, what are you hearing about? what will really be the focus of this hearing? >> reporter: jenna, i think you hit on a lot of the key topics. senator i don't know mccain is among those very interested in brennan's position on those enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush administration. brennan came out and said he was opposed to waterboarding. mccain wants to know if there is any evidence that b
to get the okay to become the next head of the cia. that could be tricky. next, a preview of what it will be like with some contentious hearings, plus the man who held a 5-year-old boy hostage for nearly a week underground in lower alabama was equipped to kill himself and everyone around him. last night during greta's program, we got a news conference and this morning, a plethora of information about what was going on and we'll have it all for you right after this. stouffer's is proud to make america's favorite lasagna... with hand-layered pasta, tomatoes, and real mozzarella cheese. but what makes us even prouder... is what our real dinners can do for your family. stouffer's. let's fix dinner. i you're suffering from constipation, miralax or metamucil may take days to work. for faster relief, try dulcolac laxative tablets. dulcolac provides gentle relief overnight unlike miralax and metamucil that can take up to 3 days. >>> more back lash over the controversial memo that makes a legal case for droning americans overseas and it could pose new trouble for the president's nominee to
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this week with the confirmation hearings for the new cia director john brennan. in this bipartisan letter, they're urging the president to produce these highly classified memos that authorize the targeted killing program. so to quote congress and the public can decide whether the president's power to deliberately kill american citizen is is subject to appropriate limitations and safe guards in a recent interview the aclu said the memos should be reduced, claiming they're in direct conflict with the rule of law. >> so violates the very idea of having a rule of law, and then to have the architect of the whole program get a major promotion and be brought up for cia director. the senate intelligence committee has to have ask some hard questions of mr. brennan. >> those senators said in the letter in a thinly veiled warning if these memos are not provided or there's not good cooperation from the administration they're going to hold or block the nomination of brennan or hagel. >> north korean leaders released a video, set to the tune of wow we are the world." is it anything to worry about? well
of the drone program prepares for his confirmation hearing to the top spot at the c.i.a. catherine herridge tells us some lawmakers are demanding answers. >> the white house press secretary was peppered with questions about the president's authority to target u.s. citizens. >> these strikes are legal, ethical and wise. >> this is giving legal justification for killing american citizens without any trial. >> i would point you to the ample judicial precedent. >> this letter signed by eight democrats and three republicans urges mr. obama to produce the memos th authorizes use the drones to congress and republicans can decide whether it's subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. susan colins says fundamental principals are at stake. >> the obama administration released all these opinions from the office of legal council about the bush administration's treatment of detainees. so why the different stad. >> first reported by nbc news, a leaked draft memo argues americans such as anwar al awlaki, the first american targeted for death, you are lawful because of their leadership within al-q
for the head of the cia. a job i turned down to spend more time with my turtles. he defended the aircraft in a senate confirmation hearing hours after obama ordered a confidential memo making the legal case for strikes against u.s. citizens be released. the topic was controversial. >> please remove -- please remove that woman. >> they won't even tell congress what countries we are killing children in. >> please -- if you could please expedite the removal. >> so how did brennan handle the hecklers? take a look. >> actually that was a cat. that wasn't brennan. i apologize for tricking the audience. are you troubled the limits on using drone strikes against americans are a little vague or not vague enough? >> i remember like six, seven years ago and rewee suddenly woke up and it is a good or bad thing to torture people, and i can't believe we got to that moment. and we just skated right past that. we are ordering not just drone strikes against the bad people , but also the american bad people too. >> i can't believe we have gone through this. it is hard to figure out how to be funny. >> he t
explaining the killer drone, does he want to be the next cia director. and let's talk benghazi first, did you learn anything? >> well, one thing that was interesting i thought from the panetta testimony is when general dempsey, he testified with leon panetta chairman of the joint chiefs and he said he was surprised when he was pressed that hillary clinton didn't read that all important august 15th cable, right, where chris stevens said, we aren't going to be able to repel and attack in benghazi with what we have. and he was pressed on that. are you surprised she didn't see he it, well, yeah, i was surprised. it looked like there was buck passing from panetta and dempsey to the state department because they said people are wondering why we didn't have armed aircraft in the vicinity, well, we didn't have enough time, and essentially saying the state department didn't request it. so, it all seems like, you know, fingers are pointing in the other direction. >> bill: here is what i think. >> i didn't learn that much. >> bill: here is what i think happened so i don't want to do this anymore because
these strikes. the possibility raised after john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia defended the drone program at his confirmation hearing. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded, will be thoroughly anchored in intelligence. will have the appropriate review process, approval process before any action is contemplated including those actions that might involve the use of lethal force. rick: peter doocy is live in d.c. so, peter, tell us where the idea for these special courts has come from? >> reporter: rick, senators on both sides of the aisle are saying basically if the u.s. government is going to continue executing u.s. citizens with drone strikes there need to be some checks and balances in place to make sure the american being targeted is really associated with al qaeda and really can not be captured. to minimize the possibility of a lethal operation against an innocent person and the senate intelligence committee chair, senator dianne feinstein, says she thinks there will soon be a quote, new day of transparency? >> at one point it
they want answers to this, and if they don't get them the president's nominee for cia and defense could be held up. >> we conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, prevent attacks and save american lives. these strikes are legal, ethical and wise. the u.s. government takes great care in deciding to pursue an al qaeda terrorist, to insure precision and prevent loss of american lives. gregg: peter doocy joins us in washington. >> the first thing an american citizen has to do to be targeted is associate themselves with al qaeda operations. when they do that the juts is department says that out weighs their right to due process. >> we say that we only take these kinds of actions when there is an imminent threat when capture is not feasible and when we are confident we are doing so in a way that's consistent with federal and international law. >> reporter: a secret justice department memo makes sure there does not have to be a known plot, just an imminent threat to target a citizen aligned with al qaeda. the first to be targeted was anwar al-awlaki.
forceful warning to date that lawmakers may stall or even block mr. obama's nominee to run the cia. white house counter terrorism advisor john brennan unless the senators get good cooperation from the administration like providing the secret legal memos, quote: congress and the public can decide whether the president's power to deliberately kill american citizens is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. republican senator susan collins who signed a letter telling fox late today the refusal to release the secret memos is hypocritical. >> obama administration that released all of these opinions from the office of legal counsel about the bush administration's treatment of detainees. so, why the different standards? >> brennan is expected to be pressed thursday not only on the targeted killing program but the cia interrogation program. critics call torture and whether he was or knows the source of these national security leaks to the media shep. >> shepard: you mentioned critics, catherine, many of them are saying the president isn't really living up to his own promises. >> they
subjective. well on the eve of john brenner's confirmation hearing as cia director. brennan is widely seen as the architect of the administration's kill policy and convinced the president of the program's value. under this program three americans have been targeted and killed. among them islamic cleric suspected terrorist anwar al-awlaki and the justice will give the senate and house intelligence committee access to classified legal advice providing the rationale to the strikes. and the policy is on display. when it comes to the war on terror it's blinding. let me lay it out for you. a few short months after taking office, this president set out on the apology tour and remember, he delivered these statements. >> 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. the fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals. we're taking concrete actions to change course. i have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the united states. water-boarding is torture, it's contrary to america's traditions, contrary to our id
. >> it was amazing. >> he should be in the cia. and i mean the culinary institute of america. excellent cook. i can't believe i remembered the name of that. >> it was spooky good. >> thank you. spooky good was my nickname at the halloween festival. jedediah, you call and pretend you are owe o'reilly. how do you rate this? >> i would use a little more helium. that's what i do. this was so good it gave me chills. it is creepy. i think this guy should find a career in entertainment and do something. it is that -- it is the kind of thing where you listen and they sound exactly alike. i don't know who was questioning. >> but does anybody get the manti story? for two years he was hoaxed? >> i was dating a squirrel. >> my wife is a hoax. >> 50 seconds. >> i was impressed too. i hadn't heard it. >> he is the michael winslow of sexually confused saw mow cans. >> have i to say that i don't -- i have to say that i don't understand what happens with this guy. but apparently -- it wasn't a tbirl. it was a guy that was leaving messages. >> it was the usual suspect. >> we have to take a break. buy "joy of hate" b
and be a big topic at brennan's hearing thursday before the senate about the c.i.a. can i play a sound bite and go back? this is jonathan karl and jay carney. >> how does dropping a bomb on an american citizen without judicial review, any trial, not raise more human rights question than something like waterboarding. >> the questions around this issue are important and the president takes them seriously. >> let's be clear, this is giving legal justification for killing american citizens without any trial whatsoever. >> i would point you to the ample judicial precedent for the idea someone who takes up arsenal against the united states in a war against the united states is an enemy. >> bob, you wanted to say something. >> holder said eminent threat to the united states. the condition a leader present an imminent threat does not require united states to have clear evidence of a specific attack will take place in the immediate future. in other words, they can drop a drone on a u.s. citizens with no justification whatsoever as johnathan karl pointed out. it's murder without evidence behind it. t
about the president's pick to run the c.i.a. tonight on special report, john brennan is expected to face questions during his confirmation hearing on thursday about water boarding and his role in the controversial drone program. we'll examine whether his nomination is in trouble. number two man in the syrian opposition talks exclusively with fox news tonight. we asked him about the growing presence of extremists fighting alongside them. obamacare wants labels on nutrition but they wanted to expand to it convenience stores at a cost of one billion dollars and congressional budget office says the number of people that will lose their health insurance because of obamacare could top seven million. a special report starts at 6:00 eastern. now back to new york and the five. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> last year, san francisco banned plastic shopping bags for the reusable cloth kind to help save the birds, what is good for sea gulls is bad for non-sea gulls, researchers say the eco friendly contain harmful bacteria in the cloth bags. it's associated with 46% increase in deaths from food borne illnesses. th
john pwrepb tpher -- brennan head of the c.i.a. administration. >>steve: if george bush was president and he had a program like this, democrats would be calling for george bush's impeachment. this would be a giant story every day in "the new york times." instead what you hear on the other side, crickets. there was a letter that came out yesterday. 11 senators wrote a letter to the president -- eight democrats and three republicans -- asking for questions. which is interesting, when you go back to 2007, there were 144 democrats who sent a letter to president bush to close gitmo over the torture. the hypocrisy is stunning. >>gretchen: they did come up at the press conference, jay carney, there were several reporters calling out the hypocrisy. at least they were asking questions about this issue. he had the same -- it's almost like he was reading a legal answer, because he read the same quote several times to the same question almost as if they parsed the words to make sure. because the aclu, quite frankly, is suing the government right now. the aclu usually agrees with this administrati
of intelligence work, 25-year veteran at the c.i.a. to lead that agency. and as the president's top counterterrorism advisor these past four years, he has done extraordinary work in the effort to combat al qaeda. >>steve: it is mr. brennan's appearance before this committee today for his confirmation that lawmakers feel if we're ever going to get answers regarding the program, it's now. that's why it is extraordinary and probably a little coincidental that they would go ahead and relent and release it to the lawmakers today. >>brian: here's what's good about it. we're going to get real questions from both sides rather than what a great guy you are, what a horrible person you are, and speech making. wur going to get both sides probing john brennan in a respectful way, i believe, to legitimize some of the tactics when he was working counterterror for the center. charles krauthammer looks at constitutional hurdles and why in some ways this could be challenging. >> they want to pretend you can only hit an american al qaeda operative who is an imminent threat and define him in a threat o
of john brennan the white house counterterrorism advisor to head the cia. >> mr. brennan brings, i think, not only a vast amount of experience, but a significant perspective on the battles that we wage in this effort and the right way to conduct them. so, the president believes that the senate should and will confirm john brennan expeditiously. >> but the president's traditional reporters including the aclu says it's unamerican because of the lack of transparency and there's no meaningful congressional oversight review by those courts. >> we keep hearing media reports that john brennan has applied more process and more careful about this program of killing than other people have. but at the bottom line we took a program, the united states took a program that had very-- was used very minimally by president bush, and now they're over 3,000 civilians who have been killed in this, in this program. >> the obama administration base faces repeated questioning over the drone campaign and the deaths of noncombatants since 2011 and the american cleric you see him on the left, anwar awlaki became t
and women in the c.i.a. the patriots that undertook this program and kept us safe. what i would like to see happen in terms of security of the nation going forward, i would like to see him explain how it is we are going to continue to prevail against insurgent al-qaeda when we are in longer capturing terrorists. at the end of the day this is war we win with intelligence and we don't have the tools anymore to get the intelligence we need. >> sean: we're going to pay a huge price down the road. we're going to be saying, why did we stop doing those things. jose rodriguez that witnessed enhanced interrogation, he was on this program, no eit, no bin laden. watch the tape. >> so you don't think we would have gotten bin laden without techniques leading to the intelligence? >> the reason why because there a clear trail. there was someone we captured, a facilitator we captured in 2004 that told us about bin laden's currier and gave us a tsunami anymore and eventually we got the -- pseudonym. >> but the things he opposed wouldn't have allowed him to make that decision is that a fair statement? >> tha
't the congress informed. they were interviewed two days by the f.b.i. you know the c.i.a. never called up the f.b.i. and say, what did they say about the attack. if you talk to the survivors, you would have known it was a coordinated terrorist attack and not a mob. >> greta: were you going to vote for senator hagel? >> i thought his confirmation hearing was disturbing. >> greta: does that mean you may still vote for him? >> we don't have enough information. we haven't gotten the information we requested. i don't think we should vote on chuck hagel until we get all the things we requested about the speeches he's made, but as to whether or not i will vote for him, i hope the administration will reconsider his nomination. he is a good man, but these are dangerous times. what kind of signal are you sending to the iranians when your secretary of defense seems to be throughless about what our policy is? >> greta: are you going to hold it up in any way? >> i'm trying to make sure, he made 15 speeches for money and i know what he said. i can tell you this: i've never seen the world more dangerous. ther
there were cia secret facilities. >> why is that not within the law. >> the head of amnesty international he said secret sites are against the law. >> what is this water boarding the president still embraces? it sounds like skateboarding or snow boarding. but it is a new name for an old water torture in which a human being is drowned. >> sean: some democrats have come forward but i'm curious if tomorrow is john brennan going to get the same scrutiny president bush did? i hope news networks will take the same tone over a program making enhanced interrogation techniques look like child's play. i want to play you an interesting parallel in relation to this drone program. it kind of hits home. >> if this position had been in place in the 70s does this mean nixon would have assassinated the weatherman? that he could have taken out bill gates? does this mean that richard nixon could have taken out the new black panther party? >> sean: now, let me get this straight, colonel. water boarding is torture. that is against our values and our ideals and our traditions. but it's all right to just kill some
chief counter-terrorism advisor john brennan to become the next director of the cia. he is seen as the lead component of drone strikes overseas that have in more than one instance killed americans. there was a growing bipartisan call that gives the white house the authority to carry out those strikes. the president just decided to comply. even so the republican veteran of the battles between congress and the white house says the drone policy goes too far. >>> the president is taking all of this authority to himself. he is the judge, the jury and the executioner that is absolutely 100 percent wrong. >> brennan today will still no doubt face a barrage of questions over those strikes including whether it is better to simply kill terrorists remotely rather than capture and interrogate them. the white house stand by what that is become a far more aggressive program to remotely conduct the war on terror. >> i think it's fair to say that far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership in al qaeda along the lines we are discussing as opposed to an effort
the cia john brennan, testifies at his confirmation hearings later this week. timing matters. chief intelligence correspondent herridge shirge is live in washington with more on this. >> reporter: this is clash between executive powers and congressional oversight. at center of this is the assertion by the obama white house it has the right to target american citizens for death without judicial review. and while saying they respect presidential authority in this letter from nine democrats and three republicans, they are asking the white house to release the documents. the reason in part, it is vitally important for congress and the american public to have a full understanding how the executive branch interprets the limits and boundaries of this authority so that congress and the public can decide whether the president's power to deliberately kill american citizens is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. the letter also warns that the failure to cooperate is likely to stall or even place a hold on the confirmation of white house counterterrorism advisor john brennan to t
during the testimony, it was interesting because panetta said the pentagon, the c.i.a., and the department of state were all on board with sending the rebels in syria where there has been mass genocide because ofor us to send them arms. you know who said no? the white house. well, we don't know if it's going to work. we don't know which of the rebels to arm. ultimately we don't know if it will result in the ouster of assad. >> brian: the "washington post" lead editorial today says hillary clinton and david petraeus, running the c.i.a. identified the group that they believe would have been the preferrable group to take over through all the rebels, they weeded through and had a plan. and the president nixed it. the word is too political. they wanted to make it seem we're not on a war footing with the election a month away. >> gretchen: maybe the election playing a huge role. let's look at the fox news polls right now. recently conducted, how many people feel our country compared to five years ago? nearly half of those polled say america is weaker and less powerful today.
and that the first casualty may, in fact, be his nominee for cia director, white house counter terrorism advisor john brennan. shannon? >> i imagine he'll have tough questions in the senate on thursday. >> reporter: could be the hardest hearing we've had. thank you. >>> moments ago a senior official apparently said what we're looking at is a draft of the white paper. not sure if that changed the details for many folks, but we'll follow up on that and let you know more. >>> dramatic new details on a daring rescue in alabama where the fbi managed to free a hostage held for seven days. they were watching the suspect and the boy deep in an underground bunker when they decided it was time to move in. elizabeth pran is live with more. hello, elizabeth. >> reporter: hi, shannon. we have new information for you. school officials came to our location and gave us more details about the school bus that as dragged away from the crime scene. we now know that school bus is retired, and today a new bus and bus number went along charles poland's route this morning, although not all the children were on board. they d
? >> when we went on our honeymoon, we went all the places to c.i.a. said were safe and had a great time. you look at three options. one, this was really just the incompetent work of a leftist group as the prime minister claimed. second possibility is that iran's deeply behind it, behind the left wing group. no love lost between iran and turkey. they are mad about syria and mad about approach to the nuclear program. they won't miss a chance to hurt us. there is a remote chance it was an al-qaeda affiliate working through a leftist group. there is strange bedfellows in pa part of the world. i think for the turks they wanted to blame it on somebody and somebody they knew because turkish security is generally very, very good. very tough. they are embarrassed even though we kept the bad guy out, the terrorists did manage to get through the turkish security which is pretty tight. i suspect we're going to find that the guy, he had gone to the u.s. consulate which was the easiest part to get in. he was probably very well dressed, it gets cold there in the wintertime. just enough to conceal a sm
and the department of state, they were sharing reports mostly provided by the c.i.a. for months that were outlining the growing threat in benghazi and, indeed, it was focused on western influence particularly the u.s. those requests early on for additional security prior to the attack went unanswered. you are satisfied with that response from panetta? >> yeah, i think what is being lost is the fact there has been an accountability review of all of this. they have laid out a number of recommendations. thef been agreed to by hillary clinton, by the president, by a number of people. we're not really at this point getting a lot new information. what is being lost in the context lindsay graham's request to have another hearing with will have papa. it's supposed -- leon panetta. there is a lot of questions we can ask hagel. we can ask him about the upcoming military budget cuts or the drawdown in afghanistan. it seems as though that republicans are focused on embarrassing the president and making an example out of the benghazi attack. >> heather: do you agree with that. do you think it will go differentl
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